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UNPLUGGING IN MAUI

My parents have been visiting the island of Maui in the island chain of Hawaii for the past few years, and every time they come home Dave and I are bombarded (in the best of ways) with many stories, macadamia nuts, and photos from what has quickly become their favourite place on this planet. And every time they return, they tell us “you should go” and then “no, really, you have to go”, until finally last month they surprised us with a trip down south for a week to wrap up our 2011, and now we get it.

Maui to me will always be remembered as stepping off the plane into a pure and sweet-smelling air (yes, the air there just smells better). I’ll always remember when the breeze blew in the right direction and being hit by the aroma of one gorgeous bunch of flowers after another, or walking along a path that is littered not with garbage but with flowers that have fallen from the trees like leaves in the fall…… I mean, what an amazing place — their litter is mostly made up of flowers! We had a car for the week and got to see the island — some of our highlights include the morning we got up at 3AM to drive up the HALEAKALA CRATER (not before stopping for some sustenance in the form of coffee at the amazing CRATER COFFEE cart) and watched the sun rise from 10,000ft — amazing. Then we enjoyed a lazy descent down the mountain while defrosting (it was chilly up there!) stopping in at a few places along the way and a delicious lunch at a gorgeous tucked away spot called CAFE DES AMIS, which we wholeheartedly recommend if you’re into Indian food as much as we are.

Mostly though, Maui will be remembered as a time where we were able to unplug, from email, twitter, facebook, and this whole online world, take a run along the beach path as the sun rose, stroll over to HONOLULU COFFEE after breakfast for a latte, and just sit out, read through some good books, talk, and just get back to what matters. I really felt like during our time away I was able to shut out some of the periphery and extraneous and just get back to truly listening to my own inner voice. We reflected on the year we’d had and talked through lots of ideas about where to go from here……. Maui will definitely be remembered most of all as a turning point on this great journey of life  : ) Enjoy these few frames we shot along the way!

- Jenn xx

Maui, December 2011. For the photography nerds in the crowd, Dave and I both challenged ourselves to manually setting our white balance on this trip (honestly, I usually stick to Auto, or maybe play around with the “cloudy” preset) and I’ve got to say we both really loved the challenge, and the results! I’d definitely recommend trying it out if you haven’t. I learned a lot!

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THE STORY OF 2011

I thought and thought, started and re-started this post to sum up 2011. I picked out some images from this past year that caught my eye and pulled at my heart, then thought about all the stories we’ve helped tell this year with so many great people, and how would I ever compile that into one big story, the story of our photography journey…… kind of overwhelming! Something I’ve done this year that I’m pretty happy about is kept a proper journal, where I’ve written down my random thoughts, ideas, things I don’t want to forget. I’ve loved it! I haven’t written everyday, but I also haven’t beaten myself up for not doing so, and it’s been really neat to read through the year……. so I thought I’d include some excerpts to go along with the images. Hope you enjoy  : )

A NEW YEAR… 01/01 Happiness has got to be something portable that you can carry around with you… it may be raining, the sky may be grey, there are no fireworks or big parade, but it’s a new year and I’m determined to figure out a way to store up happiness and carry it around in my pocket, whatever my window may happen to look out upon.

TRAVELS TO VEGAS + CHICAGO… 02/13 One of the things I want most is to do something that leaves a ripple. Dave said it was good to feel this way and that people who are satisfied all the time can’t possibly have enough motivation to keep moving forward. I’d rather be constantly moving forward.

BUSY SEASON WELL + TRULY STARTS… 04/17 I’ve been thinking lately as my life as a story… one that could be made into a movie, where people would leave the theatre feeling inspired and happy. I thought about what my “inciting incident” would be, and thought about the time I was laid off my teaching job in the UK. But then I realized that really life needs to be made up of a series of inciting incidents, not just one. Life isn’t a movie with a happily ever after at the end, real life keeps on going.

THE PACIFIC-NORTHWEST… 07/03 We are currently driving through hills covered with tall, narrow evergreens and yellow wildflowers by the sides of the road. It is cool and cloudy, just how I pictured it being here… this feels like the west coast I imagined. Dave’s wearing a checkered shirt and I’m in my new scarf and we’re lazily talking about whatever comes to mind… I keep trying to remind myself to stop and really be present in these moments. (Images of us by Anda Marie & Sarah Rhoads!)


SUMMER… 08/09 In the end I think everybody is, in some way, an artist. Put on this earth to create something out of nothing from their own unique perspective and experiences.


ROADTRIP… 08/29 It really is true that sometimes the good things in life come in bunches… beyond grateful.


END OF SUMMER/START OF FALL… 08/25 There is just something about that part of the world – the fingers of the lakes, the lichen-covered stone, the pines, the colours, the quiet. The mother of the bride yesterday read out an essay called “leaving home” that the bride had written in high school and then she went on to say that for them, it has always been better to reach the peak of a mountain top than the gain of any material things. That just inspired me to no end. It all just tugged at me inside, telling me to live a better life, one that I would be proud to have told.


ROUNDING OUT THE YEAR… 11/17 I’m sure that when I look back on this year, I will look back on it as a year of realizations about myself – what I need to have, what I want to be, who I just am. The new year for me feels like a time to start over in a way, to start being that person I’m discovering that I am.

Sitting here at the end of 2011, 2.5 years after starting on this crazy dream, and I’m looking ahead more than anything. If we are anywhere, it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants — our friends + family who encourage us, and the beautiful people we have gotten to know this year, who you’ve just seen in these many preceding photographs. 2011 will forever be a memory of an awesome year of growing and discovering…. thanks to all who were a part of our lives and who made it what it was. Here’s to 2012!

Many x’s and o’s!! - Jenn & Dave

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MORNING LIGHT

It was the jet-lag that made me leave bed so early in the morning, not the light creeping in through the windows. The air inside actually looked cold, and I wondered briefly if the sky outside was dark and grey that day. What I didn’t realize was that we sat in the long shadow of a volcano, and as I poured out some cereal over two bowls of yogurt, the light finally started pouring its way through the windows and onto the walls. It made me think about having a leg up on the day; it made me think about starting and finishing and then starting all over again; but most of all it made me think of change and evolution as the shadows grew and then eventually disappeared. I have to say it was a good way to start a day.

- Jenn xx

Maui, December 2011. More to come soon  : )

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A QUICK ROADTRIP TO BOSTON

People think we’re crazy, but we drove down to Boston last week to spend under 48 hours roaming around before jumping back in the car and leaving it all behind us……. exactly. We are crazy and we loved it.

We loved it not so much for the photography conference we were actually there to be a part of (I’m not usually one for negativity, but I have to say it, the conference we took the trip down to Boston to attend in the first place ended up absolutely sucking. I mean, I was actually a bit embarrassed on behalf of my industry…… but that’s another story I won’t get into. Anyway, we ditched the conference early and were able to have a few laughs together about it in the end. Anyhow, I digress… ); What we loved about Boston is what we always love about traveling…….. the being in a new place, exploring without a map, and seeing things for the first time; the smelling of the grass, sampling the food (fish n’ chips, chowder…..) and drink (IPAs and ermm… Starbucks…), picking up the “local” dialect and trying to incorporate it into sentences (“you guys are wicked pissah”), and of course, above all else, the company.

The lovely Mel and Chris, our road trip buddies on this trip who kept us well entertained on the car ride down, are fantastic people……. and in the end I think I was more inspired through talking with them, swapping stories, hearing the tales of their travels and living abroad, listening to Mel who is an aspiring photographer and is so on fire and eager to learn, and really just being goofballs together and making some fun memories. That’s what it’s all about and I am so glad we got to take this trip together. We also got to do a little shoot with them to celebrate their five years of wedded bliss…….. it’s always a treat for us to shoot somewhere new and this was no different and I’ll for sure be sharing a few images on here soon! But for now, a few frames to show you Boston from our eyes….. and to think what we would have missed if we’d stayed in that conference room ; )

- Jenn xx

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PORTLAND, CANNON BEACH, SEATTLE, INSPIRED…

Sorry for the short silence on the blog folks, but we’re back at it now! Last week Dave and I spent some time exploring the Pacific North-West in a little red rental car, seeing as much as we could and meeting up with some lovely people along the way….. We packed expecting the cooler temperatures and rain that the west coast is known for…. lots of cardigans and rain jackets…. and we were treated to absolutely glorious weather the whole time we were there, so much so that we began to wonder if locals make up all that stuff about the perpetually grey skies just to keep people away : )

Our first stop was Portland, where we celebrated Dave’s birthday! And oh my, I have never seen so many ancient VW vans, hippies, and bicycles all in one place as in Portland. We stayed at this cool little hotel, which had doors made out of chalkboards and an adjacent bar where we spent our evenings drinking local beers, literally made down the street (really)…. We spent a load of time at the world famous POWELL’S BOOKS, which for book lovers like us is a little piece of heaven on earth, with rows upon rows of floor to ceiling books….ah, I could have spent days in there. To give an idea of the size of this store, there is a map you can pick up at the front, as well as a free app you can download which tracks where you are in the store so you don’t get lost…..! I bought some business/creative books that I’ve heard great things about that I can’t wait to dig into, and Dave bought….. a children’s book, even though we don’t have kids, haha! Ok, he did also buy the latest Ann Patchett, which I might steal when he’s finished. We did some wandering around the Pearl District and Hawthorne neighbourhood, but it wasn’t until we ventured a bit further north onto Alberta St. that we really began to understand Portland’s unique charm, and we were quite smitten with the little coffee shops and overall eclectic vibe of the place. We took one day to drive to Oregon’s coast to a seaside resort town called Cannon beach, where we met up with a dear photo friend and her hubby…. I’ve seen photos and have always wanted to visit, even though I’ve always pictured Cannon beach as drab, cold, rainy and overcast…. I mean, I’m grateful for the awesome weather we had, but I would have been perfectly happy/maybe even more happy with a miserable day there if that makes sense! We had a short stay in Seattle on the fourth of July at the sweet ACE Hotel (highly recommended!), made the trip to mecca…. erm, I mean the first Starbucks shop…. and spent the day with more lovely photo friends before catching our flight back home.

It was a whole lot of awesome packed into a few short days, but we came away feeling immensely inspired by the things we’d seen and the people we got to meet and get to know better. More and more I realize this fact, we are crazy lucky to live this life and to be encouraged by the people we meet along the way. Much love to our dear friends and the beautiful PNW : )

- Jenn xx

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